Permafrost | Burnside Brewing Co.

28 Ratings

Brewed by:
Burnside Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by artoolemomo on 11-11-2013

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of ncherf
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gary509
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this with some spicy thai food was wonderful. Got better as it got a bit warmer..has a full flavor and thats what i look for. Creamy sweet slight hop warm finish...

 168 characters

Photo of mikebu
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ghostxyz3
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A light reddish color with a nice white cap great carbonation. As with all Burnside beers looks awesome. The taste hits hard with citrus hops and a big malty sweetness. Very well balanced between sweet breadiness and bitter hop juiciness. Alcohol is warming indeed but we'll hidden

 281 characters

Photo of arini10
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackieKu
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. In a shaker glass.
A: clear, amber, with good amount of lacing.
S: honey sweet, slightly malty.
T: malty sweet, slightly longan flavor, medium to light bitterness. SemI-dry finish.
M: medium to full bodied. High carbonation. Very crisp.
O: Surprisingly got the same style yesterday to compare. I personally prefer this one to Elysian Bifrost. Very drinkable (despite its high alcohol content) and flavorful.

 415 characters

Photo of DaPan
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Epicfail97081
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbrown
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, a cool (no pun intended) new winter offering for we in the veritable midst of it right now, but duly south of any 'permafrost', as such.

This beer pours a fairly hazy, yet bright orange-brick amber hue, with three fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent pockmarked iceberg shelf lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, crackery, and grainy caramel malt, muddled dark orchard fruit - maybe some raisin, maybe some dried cherry - a bit of bittersweet cocoa, a certain oily nuttiness, and even-keeled leafy, weedy, and citrusy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, more strangely biscuity dry nuttiness, a sidling hot metallic booziness, some muddled dark fruitiness, and that obligatory West Coast toast to citrus and pine hoppiness.

The carbonation is a bit peppy and edgy overall, the fizzy and frothy essences not quite in rhythm, the body a solid medium weight, and smooth enough, I suppose, the normal intransigencies seemingly nonsensical at this juncture. It finishes barely off-dry, the biscuity malt still most certainly large and in charge, while the dark fruit and agreeable noble hops pay their respects.

Not exactly what I was expecting, apropos of nothing, of course, as my one previous exposure to this brewery is hardly a barometer for what we're talking about right now. Overall, this is very much like a boozed up (but quietly, of course) ESB, which is a very good thing in my world, all things not necessarily hop-frontal, full stop.

 1,540 characters

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of aquazr1
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of VanKieft
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought from "Roth’s Sunnyslope Market" in South Salem. $5.49 Pours a hazy darker amber colour with a nice sized cream coloured head. Very appetizing malty aromas (if that’s your thing) coffee,semi-sweet chocolate,figs,raisins come to mind..fruity hops. Taste similar to aroma a bit more sweet though! nice dark chocolate bitter aftertaste. Nice enough mouth feel medium to ow carbonation but its smooth enough over the tongue. Touch of alcohol warmth in the very end. I actually liked this one quite a bit..its a sipper though.

 544 characters

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium to dark reddish orange amber with a thin, light tan head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, raisins, lightly nutty; light seasonal spicing. Flavor is citrus hops, grapefruit and lemon, caramel malt and muddled mixed fruit. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. An interesting riff on a red ale, with that style's general fruitiness, sweet malt and moderate to aggressive hopping. Light hints of winter spices are not overdone, but add to a lack of direction in this ale. Some of the flavor balance is reminiscent of a light barleywine. An interesting and pleasant winter ale that does not really come together cohesively.

 704 characters

Photo of ccrida
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured in a nonic, Permafrost is lightly hazed chestnut with a thin off-white skim that leaves light, scattered foamy lace.

Smell is hot, fusels. Cherries as it warms and opens.

Taste is also hot, with muddy, sweet malts and fairly robust hop bitterness. A little bit of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is flabby, surprisingly thin.

Drinkability isn't too high. This is disjointed and poorly executed. Frankly, par for the course in my experience with these guys, although I've only had their common bottlings so maybe their special draughts are better, but I'm not in a hurry to find out.

 594 characters

Photo of joefc
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Zach122
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +5.5%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Permafrost from Burnside Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 28 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.